At the start of a new century, we stand poised between the geopolitical conflict of East versus West; a future marked by the aftermath of the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001; the dangers of global terrorism; the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan followed by the unprovoked invasion and occupation of Iraq; the escalation of conflict in the Middle East; and the continued research and development of nuclear weapons and the stockpiling of bio-chemical weapons. In the area of trade, third- and fourth-world economies and resources are being ravaged.
Our own economy and job security is being undermined by global corporatization, which concentrates greater power in the hands of fewer interests who are unaccountable to the vast majority of the world’s people.
As we overcome continued conflicts and violence, independent presidential candidate James Jerome Bell realizes the difficulties inherent in encouraging democracy and of advancing the cause of peace. He supports across the globe sustainable development and social and economic justice and believes that reducing militarism is the key to progress towards collective security.
As one of the initiators and primary authors of the United Nations Charter, he believes that the United States is obligated to conform to the stipulations of the U.S. Constitution, which identifies all such agreements as treaties that hold the authority of U.S. law. The U.S. government is pledged to abide by its principles and guidelines in the conduct of foreign relations and affairs.
James Jerome Bell recognizes our government’s obligation to take disputes with other nations to the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly forum for negotiation and resolution. The United Nations and international laws, treaties and conventions that the U.S. has signed constitute the framework that controls U.S. military actions abroad. The U.S. must recognize the sovereignty of nation-states and their right of self-determination.
James Jerome Bell recognizes and supports the right of the U.N. to intervene in a nation-state engaged in genocidal acts or in its persistent violation and denial of the human rights of an ethnic or religious group within its boundaries, and the right to protect the victims of such acts.
Mr. Bell believes that the U.S. is obligated to render military assistance, under U.N. command, to enforce U.N. Security Council resolutions. When the U.N. Security Council is stalemated by vetoes, the U.S. must recognize and abide by the authority of the U.N. General Assembly to act in a crisis situation; by passing a resolution under the Uniting for Peace Procedure.
James Jerome Bell seeks the permanent repeal of the veto power enjoyed by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. As president, he would urge the U.S. government to sign the International Criminal Court agreement and respect the authority of that institution.
Our government does not have the right to justify preemptive invasion of another country on the grounds that the other country harbors, trains, equips and funds a terrorist cell.
Our government should establish a policy to abolish nuclear weapons and should set the conditions and schedule for fulfilling that goal by taking the following steps:
- Declare a no-first-strike policy.
- Declare a no-pre-emptive strike policy.
- Declare that the U.S. will never threaten or use a nuclear weapon, regardless of size, on a non-nuclear nation.
- Sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
- Reverse our withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and honor its stipulations.
- End the research, testing and stockpiling of all nuclear weapons of any size.
- Dismantle all nuclear warheads from their missiles.
Our pledge to end testing will open the way for non-nuclear states to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which has been held up by our refusal to sign the CTBT. We should honor the conditions set in the NPT for nuclear nations.
Independent presidential candidate James Jerome Bell will urge our government to sign the Toronto Treaty banning the production, stockpiling, use and sale of land mines, and assist other nations in unearthing and disabling land mines buried in their lands.
As president, he will urge our government to end all stockpiling of chemical and biological weapons and all research, use, and sale of such weapons; and sign the convention that will establish the decrease and inspection of all nations’ stockpiles of such weapons, which the U.S. abandoned.
Under the administration of President James Jerome Bell, the U.S. will allow foreign teams to visit the U.S. for verification purposes at least annually. As the “indispensable nation” of this planet, the United States of America will lead by example when it comes to extolling the virtues of universal peace, universal prosperity, openness and human compassion.